7 days in Machu Picchu & Santiago Itinerary

7 days in Machu Picchu & Santiago Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  13 h
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  9 h 45 min
2
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Mandor and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip website.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Machu Picchu is an approximately 13- hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Machu Picchu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Mandor ©
Mandor

4
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Get a sense of the local culture at La Chascona and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Get outdoors at San Cristóbal Hill and Playa Punta De Tralca. Venture out of the city with trips to Roca Oceanica (in Concon), Vina del Mar (Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck & Reñaca) and Museo Mirador Lukas (in Valparaiso). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, take in the exciting artwork at E.N.D. Espacio Nacional de Diseno, walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, and examine the collection at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Santiago in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Roca Oceanica, Casa de Isla Negra, Museo Mirador Lukas, Playa Punta De Tralca
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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